There has been some fantastic racing for our prep runners the past 2 weeks. The sun actually broke through and we had several breakthrough performances to show for it.
Maddie Meyers (Sr), Chandler Olson (Jr) ,Kyra Burke(Jr) and Hazel Carr (Fr) had brilliant races at the Pasco Invitational (said to be the largest one day high school meet in the Nation). Maddie and Chandler were in the elite mile against the top runners in the state and they both ran smart and ran hard. Maddie ran step for step with Katie Knight as the two broke away after 500m. With 130m to go Katie surged quickly and got a few meter lead which Maddie could not overcome. Katie won in 4:51, Maddie was 2nd in 4:53. Chandler was right in the chase pace until a little past 800m but faded back during lap 3. However she rallied and kicked hard and reeled in 2-3 runners to finish 6th in 5:03 in her first real competition this year. Since a mile is about 1.8 seconds slower than 1600m, these times are among the top in the state in their respective divisions.
Chandler’s 5:03 was equivalent to a 12 second seasonal best. In the elite girls 1600m, Kyra and Hazel raced brilliantly and it paid off. Kyra was content to let others lead, even drifting back into 3 and 4 places the first 2 laps, with Hazel right there off her shoulder. Hazel looked like she was in trouble a couple of times, but she popped right out of a couple of early boxes. After 2 laps Kyra took over and pulled away to a 20m lead with 1 lap to go. But it wasn’t over yet as Rose Cristian of S. Kitsap responded with a very strong last lap, catching Kyra just before the final turn. However, with 105m to go, Kyra put in a big spurt and pulled away to a 1.5 second win. Hazel, who was battling for 3-5 throughout the race, waited until the final 100m to surge and pull away to claim 3rd in 5:11, a hard-earned personal best.
Grace Hodge(Jr) and Moira O’Connor-Lenth(Jr) were busy too, and both set PRs at 3200m this week. Moira went to state in the 3200m last year and is well under way to achieving that again with an 11 second PR. Grace has steadily lowered her 3200m time by 23 seconds since mid-March. She also has a good shot at going to State in that event. Anna Hill has been helping her team with relays and by doing the high jump! Her team, with Chandler, won the distance medly relay at the Ray Cockrum Relays in Wenatchee. She also has been steadily getting faster in the 1600m. Bailey Scott (So) and Abbey Bottemiller (So) have been making great strides. Both set PRs in the 400m. and have seasonal bests in the 1600m.
Patrick and Kirby McDermott (Fr) and Logan Presch (So) (all Ingraham) are really starting to come into their own. Patrick dropped his mile time to 4:31 and Kirby, normally an 800m runners, ran 10:10 for 2 miles in his debut, a super time for him. Logan has sen PRs in all distances by a LOT. He is on the verge of cracking 5:00 for the mile and 11 for 2 miles.
Congratulations to these fine athletes on their outstanding performances!!